It took Edison 10,000 tries…

…apparently the fluorescent light bulb needs a few more.

Consumers who are trying them say they sometimes fail to work, or wear out early. At best, people discover that using the bulbs requires learning a long list of dos and don’ts.

…as in don’t spend nine dollars on a  ninety-nine cent light bulb.

Compact fluorescents once cost as much as $30 apiece. Now they go for as little as $1 [not as far as I can tell-JR] — still more than regular bulbs, but each compact fluorescent is supposed to last 10 times longer, save as much as $5.40 a bulb each year in electricity, and reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from burning coal in power plants.

…that data brought to you by the Government Department of Departments Department.

…or was it a TV commercial featuring Madonna and Tim Robbins?

Take the case of Karen Zuercher and her husband, in San Francisco. Inspired by watching the movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” they decided to swap out nearly every incandescent bulb in their home for energy-saving compact fluorescents. Instead of having a satisfying green moment, however, they wound up coping with a mess.

The horrors; a satisfying green moment denied? How could this happen?

Experts say the quality problems are compounded by poor package instructions. Using the bulbs incorrectly, like screwing low-end bulbs into fixtures where heat is prone to build up, can greatly shorten their lives.

Seriously? Light bulbs have an owner’s manual? Oh-never mind, I forgot; these are people getting advice from a movie – made by Al Gore no less.

“We’re both college-educated and pay attention to labels we read,” Ms. Zuercher said. “It feels like someone forgot to put a place to find the information.”

(That’s a funny-soundin’ sentence ya got there m’am – for a college edumacated person)

Um, you mean like the internet?

Some experts who study the issue blame the government for the quality problems, saying an intensive federal push to lower the price essentially backfired by encouraging manufacturers to use cheap components.

Boy, that Barney Frank has his hands in everything these days.

Seriously, I am sure that over time the fluorescent bulb will get better but what is Al Gore gonna tell his peeps when they start realizing how much mercury is ending up in our landfills because people don’t read the part about disposing of fluorescent bulbs?

18 thoughts on “It took Edison 10,000 tries…

  1. I skipped CFL (given my background I know what a hastle they are) and went straight to LED “bulbs”. Heat is still a problem but use a little venting and no problem – not too mention using even less power. They at least don’t poison the environment. I can fix them and make my own inexpensively (compared to buying CFLs) Oh, they don’t care about rising environmental mercury leverls? Gee, what a surprsie. Hypocracy rules as usual.

  2. Haha, you wingnuts rooting against newfangled products again. Yeah Roosh, this whole long-lasting light bulb thing is a Commie plot. Don’t let ‘em suck you in, by cracky!

    I’m guessing it’s just cause fluorescent bulbs remind you of fluoridated water.

  3. Yeah Assclown, The florescent light is a new invention, once again, your wealth of ignorance is astounding.

    I’d like to know how much Algore has personally invested in the CFL industry. He pushes this “green” crap only at the betterment of his personal wealth & power.

  4. Angry Clown misses the point again.
    Unflourinated water wasn’t banned.
    “Everything within the State, nothing outside of the State, Nothing against the State”. That really is the motto of you liberals these days, isn’t it?

  5. Banned, really? Huh, better hide those incandescent bulbs in the pantry. I wouldn’t want to go to prison.

  6. He also forgets that it’s generally lefty moonbat au natural types who fear the flourinated water. Facts are not his strong suit.

  7. Good luck trying to buy a hundred watt incandescent bulb after 2012 or even a forty watt bulb after 2014, AC. Do incandescents last forever in your world?
    A GOP president signed the bill into law. Yep, Bush was a conservative all right. Banned Edison’s light bulb in the name of ‘progress’.

  8. I don’t know why you’re worried about buying 100 watt bulbs. Since the envirofascists have forbidden construction of new power plants, we’re going to be having so many brownouts that you’ll not get more than 40 watts out of those 100 watt bulbs, anyway.

  9. Everyone is getting older so the libs want to force us to use lightbulbs that make it harder to see and don’t give off much heat.

  10. For reference, you cannot improve the problem of CF bulbs dying quickly in hot environments without finding a ballast not susceptible to interdiffusion–ain’t gonna happen until we replace silicon power electronics. The same thing goes for other bulbs that rely on semiconductors, like LED lights. There is no way to remedy this situation, physically speaking.

    Incandescents don’t have this problem because the resistance of the filament goes up as the temperature goes up. Hence, they get to a certain temperature and no higher, and hence their lifetime can be incredibly predictable.

  11. Semiconductor LEDs might not contain mercury like the CFs… but there are other possible issues from semiconductors… gallium… arsenic…

  12. The big issue IMO is product life. Raising the temperature 30C, as is common in an enclosed fixture, can reduce product life from the “rated” 10,000 hours or more to a few hundred hours, making you quite nostalgic for the “low” energy use and long life of the incandescent.

    I think the issue with trace elements can be overcome–keep in mind that these things are encased in epoxy, and there isn’t too much there to diffuse to begin with. Not so the product life issue.

  13. I always thought the old saying “Don’t reinvent the wheel” was an incredibly obvious and therefore ridiculous cliched saying by those trying to sound profound.

    And then we re-invented the lightbulb and I realized that people capable of tying their own shoes apparently do need to be reminded of this simple concept.

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